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HAPPY ENDINGS! Found: Jaycee Lee Dugard, 18 years later

August 27, 2009

Jaycee DugardWow!  It’s been a while since I’ve run across a missing child case that had a “Happy Ending”.  I’d almost decided to abandon the idea.

Then I ran across this news article today!  I don’t know if anyone remembers the case of Jaycee Lee Dugard, (I kind of remember her name)  an 11 year old little girl that was kidnapped in 1991 outside her South Lake Tahoe home.

Officials said yesterday that they believe a woman who walked into a San Francisco Bay area  police station is her!  18 YEARS LATER–ALIVE!  The woman appeared to be in good health and DNA tests were being conducted.

The woman told police that she was Jaycee Lee Dugard and that she had been abducted as she walked to a school bus stop on June 10, 1991.  According to news reports from that time,  witnesses said a vehicle with two people in it drove up to Jaycee and grabbed her as her stepfather watched.  Her stepdad, Carl Probyn,  said he heard her scream and jumped on a bicycle and frantically pedaled after the car in a failed attempt to follow them up a hill.  He then turned around and screamed at neighbors to call 911.  The Dugard case attracted national attention and was featured on America’s most wanted.

“We’re 99 percent sure it’s her. We are very confident at this point in time,” sheriff’s Lt. Les Lovell of the El Dorado Sheriff‘s Department said.

Jaycee’s family has been contacted and are in the process of arranging a meeting according to Lovell, who was also one of the detectives assigned to help investigate the kidnapping back in 1991. He said investigators have never stopped working on the case and had followed every lead.

“You bet it’s a surprise. This is not the normal resolution to a kidnapping,” he said.

Dugard’s stepfather, Carl Probyn,who has since divorced Jaycee’s mother, said the news was like winning the lottery.

“To have this happen where we get her back alive, and where she remembers things from the past, and to have people in custody is a triple win,” he told The Sacramento Bee.

Probyn endured years of suspicion from the FBI who believed he could have been involved in her disappearance.  He said he finally lost hope that he would ever see his stepdaughter alive again.

“Then you pray that you get her body back so there is an ending,” he said.

Jaycee’s mom, Terry, spoke with Jaycee by telephone Wednesday.  She and their 19 year old daughter were flying from their Southern California home to meet their daughter and sister in Northern California.

Jimmie Lee, a spokesman for the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Department, said FBI and El Dorado sheriff’s deputies arrested two suspects Wednesday night. They were being held in the Contra Costa County Jail in Martinez.  Lee said the two were being held for investigation of several charges, including kidnapping, but he could not elaborate. Authorities were also searching a home in Antioch.

watch and read it below:

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news.yahoo.com

This is so amazing to me.  And as wonderful as it is, as much of a miracle as it is,  it’s also a terrible tragedy—all those lost years, and no telling what that poor woman, now 29 or 30, must have endured or have been made to believe.  I hope her abductors are prosecuted to the full extent of the law–and that won’t even be a harsh enough punishment!

UPDATE: More information is starting to be released as to what Jaycee Dugard was doing for 18 years.  She was held in a garden type shed as a sex slave to the couple that kidnapped her, and bore 2 of the man’s children. The children were also held captive.  Their ages are 11 and 15 which means Jaycee was only 14 when she her first baby.  Ironic that the youngest is the same age Jaycee was when she was kidnapped.

Phillip Garrido, a 58-year-old registered sex offender, and his wife Nancy Garrido, 54, have been arrested in connection with the case.  They apparently went with Jaycee to the police station to ask some sort of question, and something made the police suspicious. Unbelievable.

read it here:

cbs13.com

www.telegraph.co.uk

8 Comments leave one →
  1. ostella permalink
    August 28, 2009 10:52 am

    This is incredible…. I grew up in the Tahoe area, and I remember this case REALLY vividly. I was only about 13 or 14 at the time, and the whole area was terrified when that happened. Good Lord, 18 years! I just can’t believe what this poor girl went thru….bless her heart, and her family….its just amazing……I’m in total shock…..

  2. itsamysterytome permalink*
    August 28, 2009 7:06 pm

    ostella–

    Have you been watching as this is unfolding? OMG! This man has done an interview with a reporter from jail, and insists that if we talk to the victim and witness, we would realize what a “heartwarming” story this is now that he’s “turned his life around.

    If we had any idea how many lunatics were running around in this world, I think none of us would let our children out of our sight!!

  3. August 28, 2009 10:17 pm

    The heartwarming part comes when the perp enters San Quentin’s general population.

  4. itsamysterytome permalink*
    August 29, 2009 6:59 am

    Yep. Even the hardcore inmates HATE child molesters. He’ll be lucky to serve out a life sentence–though it would only be fitting for him to live at least 18 long years locked away, afraid and miserable–just like Jaycee.

    Unfortunately, he appears to be a “raving lunatic”–(his own father’s words) so I imagine he’ll continue to sink into madness and end up in a prison mental hospital.

  5. August 29, 2009 9:45 am

    Can we hope for a clerical error that puts him in the same cell block as the Aryan Brotherhood?

  6. itsamysterytome permalink*
    August 29, 2009 10:36 am

    LOL! We can!

  7. ostella permalink
    August 29, 2009 10:37 am

    I’m so beyond disgusted with this guy…..I read he had a parole officer who visited the house regularly due to him being a sex offender. Never checked out the backyard, though….. Even when the neighbors called the cops about people living in tents and shacks in the backyard, the responding deputy never actually LOOKED in the yard. Just chatted out on the porch with this creepy pedophile sex offender about how “folks squattin in your yard is bad, m’kay?” Unbelievable…… This poor girl……

  8. August 29, 2009 12:20 pm

    At least the girl is alive; that should be something to be grateful about.

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